Berlin was the most hipster city I’ve ever visited (and I love hipsters). It was like Shoreditch, but in a city. And with that, came lots of achingly cool bars. Of course my friend and I had to try them out whilst we were staying in the German capital for a few days! Here were our five best bars in Berlin…
Bar on the roof of a carpark? As if I wouldn’t like it. My friend and I went to Klunkerkranich on our first evening in Berlin, and got to watch the sun set over the city whilst we sipped our vodka and oranges.
There was so much to see when you were up there (and I’m not just talking about the view): from the giant cat head on the top of the bar, to the (fake) flamingos dotted around everywhere, and the giant sandpit – you could easily spend the whole night there.
It was a perfect way to start our trip, and it’s somewhere I’d definitely spend more time. You could literally spend hours up there. Next time I’m in Berlin, I’ll be back at Klunkerkranich.
Klunkerkranich: Karl Marx Strasse 66, 12043 Berlin
Just a short walk from Klunkerkranich, was the chilled, laid-back TiER. The staff here were so friendly, and I looooved the old-fashioned TV replaying videos of a cute white cat (check out their website, and you’ll see what I mean).
I ordered a cocktail garnished with thyme, which was delicious. If you’re looking for a casual bar with great cocktails, then TiER Bar is definitely the one. A perfect end to a sophisticated night out, or a great venue if you just want a chilled night, chatting with friends, drinking great cocktails. TiER has to be one of the best bars in Berlin.
TiER Bar: Weserstrasse 42, 12045 Berlin
OK, I LOVED the place. It was so me – and one of my best bars in Berlin. We pulled up in a taxi outside Schwarze Traube and the door was locked. We had to knock and wait until the bartender opened the door, and showed us to a table.
At Schwarze Traube, there is no set menu. Another bartender talked us through four cocktails they were serving that week, and explained if we didn’t want them, we could either request a specific drink, or let them know what ingredients we liked, and they would make us each a bespoke cocktail.
I asked for an Aviation, and I’m not being overly dramatic when I say it’s one of the best Aviation’s I’ve ever had in my life.
The prohibition-décor made me feel extremely sophisticated as I sipped my drink. The only downside was how smoky Schwarze Traube was, seeing as you’re allowed to smoke in bars in Berlin. However, I could definitely overlook that for the drinks.
Schwarze Traube: Wrangelstraße 24, 10997 Berlin
The concept of Tausend was cool (like much of Berlin, if I’m being totally honest). Situated under the train tracks, we located a door and had to knock and wait for it to open. Once we were allowed in, we walked down a long corridor until we reached the bar.
Tausend was sleek and upscale. The clientele seemed to be a bit older than the other places we’d frequented, so it wasn’t my favourite bar in Berlin, but it’s certainly worth a mention.
Unfortunately, they’d stopped making cocktails by the time we got there, so I had a vodka and apple juice and it was soooooo strong. Like, the strongest one I’d ever had.
You weren’t supposed to take pictures in Tausend, but we did anyway. Of course, I had to document it for you!
Tausend: Schiffbauerdamm 11, 10117 Berlin
OK, so I’m adding Berghain on here because I think it would be really cool once inside, but I have a confession: we didn’t get in.
Still, the fact it’s so secret and exclusive means we (like lots of others) will queue for hours outside in the hope of being let in… even though there’s a much higher chance of being turned away.
Set in an old power plant, it looks kind of eerie and creepy, especially when the only thing you see is the occasional flash of red lights.
Maybe Berghain’s a let down once you’re inside, but I refuse to be deterred. One time, I will get into Berghain.
Berghain: Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin
Where are your best bars in Berlin? There were so many potential places to visit, in the three days we were there, it was impossible to visit them all. Next time I’m in Berlin, I’ll definitely be revisiting some on this list – but there are lots of new ones I want to try too (and I’m wondering if I can beat the Aviation at Schwarze Traube).